What is a Tax Deed Auction? A Tax Deed Auction is a public auction conducted by the Clerk of the Circuit Court, where property is sold to the highest bidder in accordance with the Florida Statutes and Florida Administration Code to recover delinquent property taxes. How can I find out if there are liens or encumbrances on property for which a Tax Deed is going to be sold? To the extent that liens and encumbrances have been recorded they can be found in the public records of Citrus County, Florida. You can search the public records yourself or hire one of the businesses that do such work. Business charge for their services. The employees of the Clerk's office are not allowed to do searches for you. How long does the property owner have to "redeem" the property? The property owner has until the successful bidder at the Tax Deed Auction delivers full and proper payment of the winning bid price to the Clerk's office. To redeem, an owner must pay all taxes then due, all delinquent taxes, and all costs associated with the process leading up to and including the Tax Deed Auction. Payment must be made by cash or certified check payable to the "Citrus County Tax Collector" If I am interested in bidding at a Tax Deed Auction, do I need to "pre-register", "register", or "check in" before the sale begins? You must, prior to the start of any Tax Deed Auction, register with the Clerk's office and receive from us a bidder's card. If you don't, your bid will not be recognized. What if I am the successful bidder at a Tax Deed Auction and fail to deliver full and proper payment (cash or certified check payable to "Clerk of the Court") to the Clerk's office within 24 hours of the conclusion of the sale? Florida Statute 197.542 states: "The Clerk may refuse to recognize the bid of any person who has previously bid and refused, for any reason, to honor such bid". The property would be readvertised and offered for sale again within thirty days. If I am the successful bidder at a Tax Deed Auction, am I entitled to immediate possession of the property after a Tax Deed has been issued to me? Florida Statute 197.562 states that: "Any person, firm, corporation, or county that is the grantee of any Tax Deed under this law shall be entitled to the immediate possession of the lands described in the deed. If demand for possession is refused, the purchaser may apply to the Circuit Court for a writ of assistance upon 5 days notice directed to the person refusing to deliver possession. Upon service of the responsive pleadings, if any, the matter shall proceed as in chancery cases. If the court finds for the applicant, an order shall be issued by the court directing the sheriff to put the grantee in possession of the lands".
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